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The latest tipper chassis from Schmitz Cargobull is weight-optimised for more payload and has been re-designed with an underride guard to comply with new legislation. In addition to trailer innovation, the manufacturer also details its success with the production of its own running gear.

The S.KI tipper trailer’s steel chassis frames have always been characterised by an ideal balance between weight optimisation, robust durability and tipping stability.

The fundamental redesign of the modular frame has achieved weight savings enabling up to 180 kg more payload for the S.KI tipper trailer, depending on length and specific frame design. The revised design of the crossbeams provides even greater stability and ensures a longer service life of the chassis due to optimum corrosion protection. Schmitz Cargobull grants customers a 10-year warranty against rust-through for the galvanised S.KI frame generation.

The new LIGHT frame of the short S.KI variants was specifically developed for payload-optimised use on roads, construction sites, and light off-road routes. This innovation is one of the lightest steel chassis frames on the market.

The modular system offers the right frame for every application: four different frame lengths are available (system lengths 7.2, 8.2, 9.6, 10.5), depending on the application, load level and desired body volume. In addition to the STANDARD version, a LIGHT version for especially high payload or a HEAVY-DUTY version for particularly heavy-duty use are also available.

Since 1 September 2021, new vehicles must be equipped with an underride guard that complies with ECE-R58.03. The launch of this new underride guard ensures all of the new directive’s criteria are met. At the same time, the weight has been reduced and handling improved. The folding mechanism allows for easy operation from the side, while also protecting resources. The new underride guard also offers high ground clearance of 728 mm when folded up. This enables easy manoeuvring up to the road paver.

More than 1.6 million axles already produced
The success story continues: Schmitz Cargobull has been producing its own ROTOS running gear at the production plant in Altenberge since 2004. More than 1,600,000 axles have already been produced. This shows how successful the Schmitz Cargobull development has been with customers.

The constant optimisation of the Schmitz Cargobull ROTOS axle has been intensified in recent years, as the running gear has a decisive influence on the life cycle costs of the trailers. Absolute directional stability, high suspension comfort, low heat load on the bearing, optimum braking performance combined with the safety features of innovative driving stability and braking programs, ensure that the commercial vehicle is ready for use. From the production site in Altenberge, the Schmitz Cargobull plants in Vreden (D), Gotha (D), Toddin (D), Panevėžys (LT), Adapazari (TR), Zaragoza (E) and, most recently, the plant in Manchester (UK) are also supplied with the axles on a daily basis. Currently, around 95 percent of all trailers delivered from the Altenberge production site are equipped with the Schmitz Cargobull axle developed in-house. Across the group, this figure is over 90 percent.

Since the introduction of the ROTOS axle, the product range has been continuously expanded and now offers our customers the possibility of using almost all axle variants. In addition to the standard axle with 22.5’ disc brake, a MEGA axle with 19.5’ disc brake is also available. The range is completed by a self-steering axle. The cornering characteristics, especially when driving in tight circles, where tyre damage can often occur through contact with the inner curbs in roundabouts, are significantly improved by the trailing steering axle. Another advantage of the steering axle is significantly reduced tyre wear of the overall chassis.

Within the full service contracts, the customer can also conclude a separate service for the tyres.

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